‘Don’t mess with the red star or Russia’s national anthem’
Sweden

‘Don’t mess with the red star or Russia’s national anthem’

Tingeling tingeling - It’s the song all of Sweden is singing. But laughing at Russia’s national anthem and emotionally charged symbols is just not funny, writes Sweden-based translator Anna Titova.

Munich searches for Oktoberfest rape victim
Germany

Munich searches for Oktoberfest rape victim

Police in Munich say they have an important new lead in their quest to find a woman who was filmed by three men as they drugged and raped her during Oktoberfest two years ago.

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Sweden

Teacher injured by men with knuckle dusters

A teacher in Malmö was attacked in his classroom shorty before lunchtime on Thursday by three masked man.

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Sweden

Sweden plans to issue first ever 30-year bond

Sweden's Debt Office said on Thursday it planned to issue its first ever 30-year nominal bond and would probably release details of the issue early next week.

Kahn eyeing Schalke manager job
Germany

Kahn eyeing Schalke manager job

Oliver Khan, the former goalkeeper of the German national football team and FC Bayern Munich, looks set to be named as the new manager of Schalke 04 after a lengthy meeting with club officials on Thursday.

Sweden sets sights on military reforms
Sweden

Sweden sets sights on military reforms

Defence minister Sten Tolgfors on Thursday presented a government bill designed to shape the future look of Sweden’s defence forces.

Hamburg bishop says condoms can’t be ‘taboo’
Germany

Hamburg bishop says condoms can’t be ‘taboo’

A Hamburg bishop on Thursday said the Catholic Church must rethink its “taboo” stance on condoms, contradicting controversial comments made by Pope Benedict XVI blaming them for making the AIDS epidemic in Africa worse.

Swedish millionaire duped by crooked ‘clairvoyant’
Sweden

Swedish millionaire duped by crooked ‘clairvoyant’

The multimillionaire ex-wife of a Swedish tycoon has lost a large part of her fortune to a phony clairvoyant in exchange for a blue glass bottle of “holy water” and some pigeon feathers.

Professor convicted for demanding sex for help on oral exam
Germany

Professor convicted for demanding sex for help on oral exam

A professor from the University of Augsburg was sentenced on Thursday to 10 months probation and fined €8,000 for attempting to pressure a female student into exchanging sex for better grades.

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Sweden

Swedish aid to help Zimbabwe fight cholera

Sweden has agreed to provide 84 million kronor ($10.5 million) in humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe in part to help the country battle its ongoing cholera epidemic.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Shake off that Seasonal Affective Disorder with a night out in the bright lights of Sweden's best nightclubs.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, March 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, March 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, March 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Merkel defends Berlin’s crisis management
Germany

Merkel defends Berlin’s crisis management

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her government’s handling of the global economic crisis amid ongoing criticism from abroad, at home and even within her own coalition.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, March 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, March 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

KaDeWe heist suspects released because of twin DNA
Germany

KaDeWe heist suspects released because of twin DNA

Five weeks after their arrest, Berlin police have released two suspects in the spectacular robbery of the city’s KaDeWe department store because DNA tests can’t tell the identical twins apart, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, March 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

What’s on in Sweden: March 20 – 26
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: March 20 – 26

What's on in Sweden: Material Girl tribute and Aussie comedy in Stockholm; Laleh and jazz festival in Gothenburg; David Byrne in Malmö.

Murder conviction for Stenvall killing
Sweden

Murder conviction for Stenvall killing

A 51-year-old man from northern Sweden has been convicted of murdering 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall outside Gällivare in September of last year.

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Sweden

Surprise jump in unemployment

Sweden’s unemployment rate rose to 8 percent in February , much to the surprise of many analysts, who didn’t expect the economic crisis would hit the country’s labour market so hard and so fast.

What’s your top Swedish tourist tip?
Sweden

What’s your top Swedish tourist tip?

Every week we quiz our regular panelists about a particular aspect of life in Sweden. This week: the country's top travel destinations.

Ryanair pumped to penetrate Bavarian market this spring
Germany

Ryanair pumped to penetrate Bavarian market this spring

Discount airline Ryanair has announced it will offer flights from an airport near Munich to seven European destinations beginning in April.

What’s on in Germany: March 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: Turkish films in Munich, an opera star in Frankfurt, and Barbie celebrates her 50th in Hamburg.

Nursing home residents taking too many drugs: report
Sweden

Nursing home residents taking too many drugs: report

Overmedication of the elderly in Sweden’s nursing homes continues to be a problem, according to a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

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Sweden

Group rules against Swedish swimmer on ‘sexist’ swimsuit ban

Swimming’s international governing body has commented on new swimsuit rules labeled “sexist” by Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar.

First Iraqi refugees to land in Hannover
Germany

First Iraqi refugees to land in Hannover

With the first of 2,500 Iraqi refugees scheduled to arrive in Hannover on Thursday, Lower Saxony’s interior minister has called for their swift integration.

German infrastructure tangled in dodgy US tax scheme
Germany

German infrastructure tangled in dodgy US tax scheme

What do Berlin trams, German sewers and the stricken US insurer AIG have in common? They are all intertwined in complex financial transactions that could cost many German cities dearly.

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Sweden

Migration Board worker charged with bribery

An office assistant with Sweden’s Migration Board has been charged with bribery after he requested 40,000 kronor ($4,920) to arrange a residence permit for an asylum seeker from Afghanistan.